County discussing how to pay for new courthouse project

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 27, 2002

A representative from financial firm Evenson Dodge was to explain bonding options for the new courthouse complex project during a special county board meeting this morning.

The county plans to finance the project by issuing bonds through the company, which specializes in municipal bonds.

The approximately $25 million project involves the construction of a new judicial center, demolition of one wing of the courthouse, knwown as the 1954 building, and remodeling of the oldest part of the courthouse.

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The county administration is leaning toward recommending leased revenue bonds that would be issued by the Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to avoid the bonds being counted as a debt in the county’s budget.

A general obligation bond, which carries the possibility of a public referendum to approve the bonds, is another option, and would have a lower interest rate. The difference in the total payment from the leased bonds could be as much as $36,500 for a $20 million bond sale with 20-year maturity.

However, the latter option has a disproportionate tax impact on depending on the type of property, since agricultural land is waived from taxation under general-obligation bonds. Residential properties, on the other hand, would face a much higher tax to cover the exemption.

The board was also to discuss a new maintenance shop for the Highway Department in Alden and the expansion of the main shop on Bridge Avenue.

Later in the day, the commissioners will hold a board meeting of the HRA at the Glenville Community Center to discuss the possibility of the county’s involvement in a senior housing project conducted by the Glenville Booster Club.